The tears were easy to fall this evening, as the news broke that Brandon Bass, my favorite Laker, is signing with the Clippers. The news was first reported by Shams Charinia:
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) July 17, 2016
As you can read in the article in that tweet, the San Antonio Spurs made a strong push to sign the forward as well. This shouldn’t really surprise anyone. In fact, the most surprising thing is that he lasted this long in free agency. At times, Brandon Bass was the best player on a consistent basis for the 17-65 Lakers. He was often played out of position and was expected to do things that he had never done in his career. Of all of the Lakers from last year’s team, aside from the young core, Bass was my favorite. He played hard, played well for how Byron was using him, and never once did I hear him complain.
The signing with the Clippers makes sense for a few reasons. One, Doc Rivers was Brandon’s coach in Boston, so they have a nice connection together. Two, moving is tough. One thing that’s lost among NBA fans when it comes to trades is not only is that player not on your team any more, but they also have to move to another city and uproot their families. For Bass to be able to stay in Los Angeles and be able to play with a former coach, it was a no brainer.
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